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home ready for winterFall is always a wonderful time here in Greater Concord. From apple-picking to fall foliage drives along the Kancamagus Highway to the fun of the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, there’s always something to do.

However, this is also the time to get your home ready for the heating season to come. Here are four tasks for you that will make your home more comfortable and save you some money.

Enroll in Automatic Delivery

There’s a lot going on, and things get overlooked from time to time. You might end up with a fuel runout if you don’t check your propane or heating oil tank levels on a regular basis, leaving your home without heat. Our Automatic Delivery system accurately determines when you’ll need heating oil or propane next based on your fuel usage history and current weather conditions, then schedules a delivery ahead of time so you have it before you run low.

Schedule a tune-up of your heating system

An annual professional tune-up of your home’s heating system ensures that it is operating at peak performance and efficacy. Our trained, experienced service technicians will also thoroughly examine your furnace or boiler and make any required repairs before breakdowns occur.

Program your thermostat properly

If you don’t already have a programmable or smart thermostat, now is the time to purchase one. They’re readily accessible at home improvement stores and online. Programming your thermostat correctly can save you up to 10% on your heating costs! This is what the U.S Department of Energy recommends:

Roll up your sleeves

It’s now a good time to vacuum and maintain the vents on your forced air heating system, making sure they work properly and don’t spread dust and other allergies around your home. Remove any objects that would prevent heated air from freely circulating, such as drapes or furniture. If you haven’t had your ductwork inspected in the previous five years, now is the time to call and make an appointment. Cleaning out your ductwork not only keeps the air in your house cleaner and safer, but it also allows ductwork cleaners to find and repair leaks in your ductwork, saving you money on heating expenses.

Before you turn on your heating system, make sure there’s plenty of room around it. There should be at least three feet of clear space all around your boiler or furnace. To clean the outside of the heater, vacuum it.

Caulking, weatherstripping, and expanding foam can all be used to seal off drafts around doors, windows, and outside walls. As a result, your heating system won’t have to work as hard to keep your home warm, saving you up to 10% on your energy bills.

Make sure you have the fuel you need to get through the coming heating season in comfort. Contact us today to enroll in Automatic Delivery!

Johnny Prescott will get the job done right

hvac installation new hampshireWhen you’re adding a new HVAC system for your greater Concord home, you likely have a lot on your mind. After all, this is a major investment in your home.

What you should not have to worry about is the actual installation of your new HVAC system. You don’t have to with the trained, experienced service technicians at Johnny Prescott! We provide expert, proper installation of HVAC systems as well as maintenance and repair services.

Why improper HVAC installation is bad

What if your new house’s cooling or heating system is put in incorrectly? Here are a few of the potential consequences.

Inaccurate sizing. When it comes to using your new HVAC system, it’s important to get the correct size. If you buy equipment that is too little or too big, it will not only make you less comfortable than you should be, but it will also prematurely wear out your equipment. An insufficient HVAC system will operate excessively, while a large one would cycle the compressor and fan controls more than is needed.

Many inexperienced contractors would tell you that right-sizing is solely based on the size of your house, but it isn’t. You must also think about the local weather (particularly here in New Hampshire), your house’s design, the amount of windows you have, how much insulation you have, how exposed your home is to sunlight, and more. Getting the right size HVAC system isn’t straightforward, which is why it’s important to hire a professional who will weigh all of these variables and more to guarantee you get the appropriate size of HVAC system for your home.

Leaks in ductwork. Recent research revealed the surprising amount of air you paid to cool or heat may never even reach your living space. In many homes, heated or cooled air enters your basement, attic, and spaces between your walls, resulting in higher energy expenses for you. A professional HVAC installation necessitates a thorough duct system examination, with any necessary modifications. This inspection may lead to system-wide efficiency improvements, cutting your energy costs even more.

Incorrect refrigerant charging. If your central air conditioner is undercharged, it might accumulate frost or ice on its cooling coils over time. This causes a malfunctioning compressor motor and poor cooling performance. The repairs for this are major and expensive, and you may be without air conditioning during a heat wave. A/C systems that are excessively charged work effectively but not efficiently. You likely won’t realize until your energy bills soar.

Excessive refrigerant pressure in the system may result in the coolant entering the compressor, resulting in expensive repairs or, worse, a permanent air conditioning failure.

From installation to maintenance and repairs, you can count on the pros at Johnny Prescott to take care of your home’s HVAC system. Get in touch with us to get started on upgrading to a new, high-efficiency HVAC system for your home.

Johnny Prescott gives you peace of mind

fuel delivery service new hampshireHave you heard the news? The coming winter for New Hampshire is being described as a “season of shivers.”

That makes it more important than usual to make sure that your home always has the heating oil or propane it needs so your home is safe, warm, and comfortable. You can get that security with Johnny Prescott’s Automatic Delivery option!

We use your fuel usage history and current weather conditions to accurately know when you are going to need more propane or heating oil, and schedule a delivery before you run low.

Here are three reasons why Automatic Delivery is our most popular delivery method with our customers.


Between work, school, family or social commitments, and other life activities, it’s easy to lose track of tasks. If you become so preoccupied that you forget to check your fuel levels, you risk running out of propane or heating oil.

With Automatic Delivery, you can relax and let Johnny Prescott take care of it! You’ll get your fuel without lifting a finger.

It’s FREE!

Why would we give this upgrade in service for free? Because it allows us to serve you and all of our customers better!

We only supply propane or fuel oil when you need it since we know exactly when you’ll require more. By doing this we streamline our fuel delivery schedule, allowing us to make more deliveries each day. It also improves our customer service by allowing us to be even quicker in the event of a client requesting emergency delivery.

Automatic Delivery: No work, no worries!

Do you know what happens if you run out of fuel? A lot of worry, expense, and hassle.

When your home runs out of heating oil or propane, it may become uncomfortably chilly, if not dangerously so. That chill puts the pipes in your house at risk of freezing and bursting. Pilot lights that have been extinguished pose a safety hazard.

Then there is the cost and hassle of an emergency fuel delivery. Please do not contact us online or by email if you run out of heating oil or propane. For prompt 24-hour emergency assistance, call us at 603-225-5991 any time of day or night.

Your heating system will need to be professionally restarted. If you use propane, the pressure testing and re-lighting of the pilots in all of your propane appliances will also be necessary. Every penny of those costs is your responsibility.

Be ready for the coming cold. Contact us today to enroll in Automatic Delivery!

A little work now keeps you comfortable later!

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As fall arrives and we swap out our shorts for sweaters and iced tea for apple cider, there is one thing that has to be done before it’s time to turn on the furnace or boiler in your greater Concord home.

You need to contact Johnny Prescott to schedule an annual maintenance tune-up for your home’s heating system.

An annual tune-up is essential for a few reasons. First, our trained and experienced service technicians will clean and lubricate the parts of your furnace or boiler. This helps your heating system run at its peak efficiency, which can save you 10% or more on your heating costs this winter. Considering the way prices of everything are going up lately, those savings will come in handy!

Our technicians also perform a thorough, top-to-bottom inspection of your furnace or boiler. This also helps you save money because we can spot and fix problems before they become bigger and cause breakdowns, no-heat emergencies, and bigger repair bills.

What is done during a heating system inspection?

Here are the basics of what is checked during an inspection of your boiler or furnace.

The heat exchanger. A heat exchanger s a device that allows the passage of heat from a solid item to a fluid or one liquid to another without physically touching them. If your heat exchanger is performing poorly, the amount of heat produced by your HVAC system will be reduced, and it will operate less efficiently than it should, resulting in increased energy costs. Sometimes, a heat exchanger can simply be cleaned. A failed or cracked heat exchanger, on the other hand, can be quite hazardous since it allows carbon monoxide to build up inside your house (one of the many reasons why having an annual heating system inspection is so crucial).

The air filter. A clogged air filter causes your heating system to work overtime in order to maintain a constant temperature. The result will be not only inefficiency problems, but also preventable heating system repairs. A blocked air filter can even cause a heating system failure in extreme situations.

The thermostat.  A technician will check that the thermostat is operational and record the proper room temperature before starting the furnace or boiler for testing. They should then test-start the furnace and make sure it responds to re-setting your thermostat.
Gas. Flue gas samples should be collected by your technician to determine the efficiency level of your system, smoke concentration, oxygen count, and temperature consistency.

Other tasks. These include:

Be ready for Old Man Winter. Get your furnace or boiler a maintenance tune-up from Johnny Prescott. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Automatic Delivery gives you peace of mind

fuel delivery new hampshireWith cooler weather approaching, making sure you have enough heating oil or propane to keep your greater Concord home warm, safe, and comfortable is essential.

That’s why so many of our customers choose our Automatic Delivery, where we track your fuel usage and deliver your heating oil or propane when you need it.

If you choose to use Will-Call, the responsibility for managing your fuel supply is on you. Here’s how to track your propane or heating oil supply.

Propane tanks: Go to your propane tank and look for a dial that resembles the speedometer on a car. The numbers on that dial show how full your propane tank is. If the needle is resting at 50, your propane tank is 50% full. We recommend this so that you never have to worry about running out of propane.

Heating oil tanks: Look for the clear plastic tube on the top of the heating oil tank. There are markings on the outside of the tube that looks like numbers you’d find on a car’s fuel gauge: F, ¾, ½, ¼, etc. Inside the tank is a red marker or a float that indicates how much oil is in the tank. If the marker or float is at the bottom of the gauge or isn’t visible, the tank is empty or almost empty. 

Whichever fuel you use, don’t allow your tank level drop below 30% before contacting us to request a delivery.

Forgetting can be an expensive mistake

It’s easy to read your tank gauge. It’s far more difficult remembering to do so on a regular basis. We get it. Life can be hectic, and things may fall through the cracks. But if you neglect to check your fuel tank levels, you face the risk or running low on heating oil or propane and requiring an emergency delivery or, worse, a run-out.

If you run out of propane, you’ll need not only an emergency propane delivery, but also one of our service technicians to come to your home and check the pressure in your propane tank before re-lighting the pilots on all of your propane appliances.

With Automatic Delivery, you won’t have to worry about any of this since we’ll be monitoring your heating oil and/or propane usage for you! Our cutting-edge computer system takes into account your previous fuel use and current weather conditions to predict when you’ll need more. Your fuel is then delivered to you before you run out.

Get no-worries Automatic Delivery from Johnny Prescott. Contact us today to enroll!

Don’t Wait for Your Water Heater To Fail!

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As the old saying goes, nothing lasts forever.

That’s true of your water heater. If you see any of the signs we discuss here, get in touch with us right away so we can start work on replacing it.

This is one thing you don’t want to procrastinate on. A water heater tank failure leaves your home without hot water and potentially leaves you with a big cleanup bill on top of having to get a new water heater in a hurry. If you start planning your upgrade now, you’ll be able to choose the one you know is right for your home.

Older Water Heater

The average lifespan of a storage-type water heater is between 10 and 15 years. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace it. If you don’t know how old your water heater is, this video shows how you can find out.

Odd Noises

If your water heater makes strange noises, such as banging or rumbling, when the water in your tank is being heated up, it’s due to accumulated sediment that has hardened and settled at the bottom of your tank. Your water heater might be beyond repair and must be replaced.

Wet Floor Around the Water Heater

Leaks in your water heater aren’t always immediately apparent. However, even little ones are big enough to leave a little puddle or moist floor around your water heater over time. Contact us if there are any wet or damp areas on the floor around your water heater. We’ll come over and assess the situation.

Higher Energy Costs

The average home uses about 20% of its energy on water heating. That implies it may be the source if you notice an inexplicable and abrupt rise in your energy expenses. Replacing your water heater will begin returning on your investment right away in the form of lower energy costs. If you upgrade to a tankless water heater, you can cut your water heating energy costs by one-third, or more!

Rusty Water

Is there rusty water coming from your faucet? It’s possible that rust is building up inside the water heater tank. This might be the indication of an imminent leak or a water heater failure. Contact us to get started on replacement.

Make sure you get the right water heater for your home and for your family’s needs. Contact us to get started on upgrading to a new, high-efficiency water heater!

carbon monoxide new hampshireIf you have any equipment that burns fuel in your New Hampshire home, it emits at least some carbon monoxide (CO) as it runs; if your equipment is working correctly, and your home is properly vented, that carbon monoxide will never pose a problem.

However, if carbon monoxide is allowed to accumulate in your home, it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning – a dangerous and possibly deadly threat.

Carbon Monoxide 101

Here’s what you need to know about CO, including its dangers, and how to prevent them.

Four Keys To Avoiding Co Problems

  1. Maintain fuel-burning appliances every year
  2. Repair or replace poorly functioning appliances immediately
  3. Install CO detectors throughout your home, following the manufacturer’s instructions for placement, testing, and maintenance.
  4. Monitor all exhaust vents, especially after snowfall; if snow blogs an exhaust vent, dangerous gases could accumulate in your home.
  5. Study the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning, and teach your family what to do if they experience them.

At Johnny Prescott Heating Oil & Propane, your safety is always our top priority! If you have any questions about carbon monoxide safety, or believe that any of your appliances require expert heating equipment repair in the Greater Concord area, contact us today!

oil tank service new hampshireHeating oil tanks are built to last a long time – but they still need a little love if you want them to run without problems year after year.

Here are three tasks to tackle in the coming weeks to keep your oil storage tank working the way it should heading into the next heating season.

  1. Give it the eyeball test – Pay particular attention to vulnerable parts of your tank, such as the:
    • tank supports and leg brackets – Make sure they are not missing, rusted, buckled, bent, or separating from the tank.
    • tank platform – Look for cracks and other deformities
    • tank body and connectors – Look for rust, warps, dents, weeping or wet spots.
  2. Keep your tank at least half full – When an oil storage tank contains more air than water, condensation (water droplets) forms inside, like the drops on a cold glass on a hot day. This condensation creates two big problems for your heating system: first, damp air encourages bacteria growth in your fuel, which will eventually degrade your heating oil to a thick sludge that will jam your fuel lines and reduce efficiency. Second, water will eventually sink to the bottom of your steel oil tank (since it’s heavier than oil) and corrode it from the inside out – a problem you might not see coming until it’s too late (unless you follow step three below).
  3. Consult with an oil tank expert – If you’re looking for a heating-oil-tank installation, an oil-tank repair or oil-tank maintenance, please reach out to us! Heating oil storage tanks have a long life span, but when it’s time for a new one, we are here to help. Our expert technicians and customer service team will share their knowledge to help customers make the best overall decision for their homes.

Need a new heating oil tank installation in Concord, NH? We can help! Contact Johnny Prescott Heating Oil & Propane today to learn more about heating oil tank installations and heating oil deliveries in the greater Concord area!

propane efficiency new hampshireLooking for a great way to become more eco-friendly in 2021? Switch your electric appliances to clean, green propane gas – a power-packed energy source recognized as a “low-polluting fuel” by the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act.

Propane: high efficiency, low emissions performance

If you’re looking for a lower-impact way to power your home comfort equipment without sacrificing comfort or performance, look no further than propane. This versatile fuel will help shrink your carbon footprint by:

The bottom line: If you’re looking for an easy way to be a little kinder to the planet, choose propane – and if you need a reliable propane supplier anywhere in our New Hampshire service area, choose Prescott’s Heating Oil & Propane.

Tread a little lighter every day with an order of clean, green, propane from Prescott’s Heating Oil & Propane. Contact us today to schedule your propane delivery, or to learn more about our expert propane equipment services.

What’s Normal?

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If you look back over your propane bills from the last year, you might notice that monthly usage is different. It could be that you use the fuel differently from month to month, like when you use propane for home heating.

If you heat your water and cook with propane in the summer, it’s possible that your gas consumption will increase more than expected.

This could be a problem if you use Will-Call for your propane delivery, as you may find yourself running low on, or worse, running out of propane. You can avoid that by enrolling in Automatic Delivery!

We use your usage history and current weather conditions to accurately predict when you will need more propane, and fill your tank before you run low.

How To Calculate Propane Usage

You’re probably not running all your propane appliances 100% of the time, so we’ve created the example below to estimate how much you’ll use by using them at 25% and 50% capacity for 2 to 6 hours per day.

The estimated amount of propane usage use per day can vary greatly, from 1.2 to 7.2 gallons of gas a day. Changes in circumstances like children being home from college over the summer can have an impact, between water heating for bathing and laundry among other things. Here’s an example:

For a gas water heater, clothes dryer, and range run at 25% capacity for 2 hours a day:

220,000 BTU/hours (the total for all the appliances) ÷ 91,547 BTU/gallon of propane = 2.4 gallons per hour

2.4 gallons x .25 (25% capacity) = .6 gallons per hour

.6 gallons x 2 hours = 1.2 gallons

This number can then be used to calculate greater use of propane appliances:

25% capacity for 6 hours = 3.6 gallons per day

50% capacity for 2 hours = 2.4 gallons per day

50% capacity for 6 hours 7.2 gallons per day

If you have a propane pool heater (at 425,000 BTU/hour) that operates for one hour a day at 75% capacity, which adds about 3.5 gallons to your daily usage:

425,000 BTU/hour ÷ 91,547 = 4.64 gallons/hour

4.65 x .75 = 3.48 gallons

Pool heaters use a lot of propane and you can reduce your usage by using a swimming pool cover when the pool is not being used. This will retain much of the pool’s heat, so that the heater doesn’t have to run as frequently.

Using a propane generator for power means calculations can be difficult, since you may or may not use it during an outage, and for any given period of time. Keep track of when your whole house generator is in use so that you know if this will affect your bills and how to plan accordingly.

Have peace of mind that you’ll always have the propane you need. Contact us today to sign up for Automatic Delivery!